Sanu is the latest star receiver to challenge Cyclone secondary

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There were 36 receivers in FBS football with more than 1,000 yards receiving this fall. Six of them had at least 100 receptions.

Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu was on both lists. He registered 109 catches for 1,144 yards. Sanu’s stats jump off the page.

The 6-foot-2 junior was a unanimous First-team All-Big East selection He is also the next challenge for Iowa State’s pass defense.

In addition to Sanu (who ranked 18th nationally), the Cyclones have played against four other receivers who were among the NCAA’s Top 30 for yards receiving:

·         Kendall Wright (Baylor) – 131.0 ypg ranked 2nd

·         Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) – 111.3 ypg ranked 8th

·         Marvin McNutt (Iowa) – 105.8 ypg ranked 11th

·         Ryan Swope (Texas A&M) – 91.8 ypg ranked 26th

Iowa State’s defense was pretty effective against Wright (holding him 62 yards below his average), Blackmon (-12), McNutt (-44) and Swope (-51).

But, Sanu will be a new challenge. He had seven games with at least 100 yards receiving and he made 16 catches against Ohio. In the pass-heavy Big 12, the Cyclones’ pass defense was third-best.

It looks like there will be a pretty good battle when ISU and Rutgers collide in late December.

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